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Montezuma
NWR

 

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Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge contains 7,068 acres and is located at the north end of Cayuga Lake in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State. The refuge provides resting, feeding, and nesting habitat for waterfowl and other migratory birds. Montezuma is situated in the middle of one of the most active flight lanes in the Atlantic Flyway.

There are a few hiking opportunities within the NWR.  The most popular is the Esker Brook Nature Trails which the main trailhead is located off NY 89 on Tyre Road, however there is a trailhead for the South Spring Pool Trail on NY 89.  There is also the one mile Seneca Trail located at the Visitor Center and the 3/4 mile Oxbow Trail located off the Wildlife Drive.  Another popular hiking location is the state owned Howland Island WMA, which is now known as Northern Montezuma Wildlife Management Area and is overseen by the New York DEC.

The Refuge is situated in Seneca, Wayne, and Cayuga Counties.  This NWR is 35 miles west of Syracuse, 40 miles north of Ithaca, and 45 miles east of Rochester.  The main entrance and visitor center is located just off US 20/NY 5 east of Seneca Falls, NY.

 

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